Trevor Blake, a student in the electrical program at Franklin County Technical School was among eight of the best and brightest high school seniors in the Franklin County area to be awarded the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ Certificate of Academic Excellence.
The awards were given out after a dinner honoring the students at FCTS, which included invited guests such as parents, guardians, family members, teachers and school superintendents from the region. The Certificate of Academic Excellence is given to students who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of high academic standards throughout their high school careers.
In introducing Blake, FCTS Superintendent James M. Laverty said all who know him are “impressed by his commitment to learning, his keen intellect, his sense of responsibility and most importantly his sense of humor.”
Blake excels in both his academic and vocational programs at the school and is in the running to be the class valedictorian. He is co-captain of the golf team and shared the number one spot. Blake is also a leader in the FCTS SkillsUSA organization and National Honor Society.
Laverty read a number of testimonials from faculty and administrators who know Blake well, including Raye Young, golf coach and SkillsUSA advisor who said, “Trevor is the person you can go to and count on to complete any task given to him. He is the exemplar for behavior and professionalism.”
Principal Richard J. Martin described Blake as an outstanding student, “not only in his academic and vocational areas, but more importantly as a young man with strong character.”
According to Bryna Diamond, Blake’s math and digital electronics teacher, he “demonstrates a strong work ethic and high level of performance. He works very hard in challenging classes, but his competence and confidence never get in the way of his willingness to help other students think through their projects.”
Electrical instructor Todd Weed emphasized that “whatever he undertakes, Trevor sets himself above the common man.”
Blake has been involved in the FCTS cooperative education program since January of his junior year, working for Barnhardt Manufacturing in Colrain where he provides electrical maintenance for the machine shop equipment. His employer is as impressed with Blake as are the faculty and administrators at the school.
“Trevor is a pleasure to have working here,” said James Lesieur, his supervisor at Barnhardt Manufacturing. “He’s polite, has a great work ethic, and his eagerness to learn will bring him far. He will be a great electrician. I would like to push him to become an engineer, he’s that good.”
Outside of school, Blake likes to restore antique tractors and trucks. He is currently restoring a 1935 Farmall F12 tractor, and recently got the engine running and is now in the process of taking the body apart to recondition it.
Other winners of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ Certificate of Academic Excellence are:
- Benjamin Potee – Pioneer Valley Regional School
- Parker Brown – Greenfield High School
- Aleksander Solecki – Frontier Regional School
- Krystal Kilhart – Athol High School
- Trenton Bourbeau – Turners Falls High School
- Hannah Boyd – Ralph C. Mahar Regional School
- Allison Sauvageau Lull – Mohawk Trail Regional High School